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The message
Quick, what is the GOP message? No snark, for real, what do they say they are for? Lower taxes and less government. Less regulation. Traditional values. OK. I get it. It is more complex than that. ...
vickijean 11/09/2014 9 11 - -
Neo- Confederates Emboldened
In case you haven't heard, the GOP won big on Tuesday. We have responded by wailing, gnashing of teeth and rending our garments. All appropriate responses. Some have moved on to speculating what the ...
vickijean 11/06/2014 146 132 - -
They just don't get it
A constant theme here in Kos-world is what to do with friends, neighbors, relatives who are lunatic fringe conservatives. Solutions range from just ignore them/change the subject, to run for your ...
vickijean 09/04/2014 4 10 - -
Reagan Legacy: Not What You Think It Is
[Dolly:] Put on your Sunday clothes when you feel down and out Strut down the street and have your picture took Dressed like a dream your spirits seem to turn about That Sunday shine is a certain ...
vickijean 07/28/2014 11 6 - -
I am teaching college in my pajamas
Don't you love those commercials for online universities? You can go to college at home, in your pajamas!! Well, I teach at a small state-located university and I am now training special education ...
vickijean 07/14/2014 64 67 1 -
Vote for Cochran (not)
Yes, there is a Thad Cochran sign in my yard. No, I did not put it there. My landlord did. If you know me, you know I am a straight party Democrat. But, because the sign is in my yard, I am going to ...
vickijean 06/22/2014 6 7 - -
Why Benghazi Won't Go Away
We laugh; we scoff; we sneer. Those poor rubes, being taken in by the Benghazi hysteria on Fox and in the right wing blogosphere. It is so very obvious that this is election year politics at its ...
vickijean 05/30/2014 9 5 - -
The Problem Isn't Common Core
A friend, who is a teacher and should know better, just re-posted one of those apocalyptic rants about Common Core. It was one of the ones with "old fashion" (sic) math compared to Common Core and ...
vickijean 05/15/2014 50 14 - -
Apology to Jonestown, MS
Recently I published a blog entry in which I made statements about the Jonestown community which were unfounded and unprofessional. I deeply regret the impression they may have left with readers and ...
vickijean 05/08/2014 3 2 - -
Chasing sunset: photo diary
Are you all feeling as tense as I am lately? It seems that it is getting uglier and uglier out there in our country. People are so angry and selfish and unkind. The media has stopped reporting ...
vickijean 04/20/2014 12 12 - -
The Tina Conservatives
My mom and I have a running joke when we go out to eat: are you going to leave a Tina tip or a Bob tip. My late father, Bob, overtipped. He had been a country club manager and knew how overworked ...
vickijean 04/19/2014 147 128 2 -
I pledge to encourage new diaries
After reading our chatisement about not rec'd each other's diaries, I hung my head in shame and made a pledge. 1. From now on I will read the non-recommended diaries first. 2. I will keep reading ...
vickijean 04/05/2014 24 39 - -
Tea Party Gospel: Matthew 25
As you know, the Tea Party began their long ascendance by demanding their country back. In many ways they have succeeded. As a Christian, I have particularly noticed their usurpation of the ...
vickijean 04/05/2014 27 20 - -
A Perfect Storm: Voter Suppression and Profit
The GOP has found new grist for their voter suppression mill. The misleading lede: State elections officials said Wednesday that they're investigating hundreds of cases of voters who appear to have ...
vickijean 04/03/2014 1 5 - -
It is not about guns (or what they say is not what they mean)
Stand your ground is not about guns. Neither is the obsession about stand your ground. It is about freedom. Just not your freedom. I need to back up a bit and tell you what it is about. It is about ...
vickijean 02/24/2014 18 23 1 -
I Don't Matter (You Probably Don't Either)
I was reading grafzeppelin127's excellent post today about young earth, gun nut, tea party thinking, and I was reminded of how I don't matter. As the right builds their list of who counts and who ...
vickijean 02/17/2014 44 97 - -
Fox news most trusted
From Hindraker on Powerline: MSNBC’s string of debacles has taken a toll. Public Policy Polling finds that MSNBC is now America’s least trusted news source, tied with its parent NBC and–wait ...
vickijean 01/30/2014 22 38 1 -
Incomprehensible Outrage Over Huckabee
It is exhausting, trying to keep up with right wing outrage. Everybody and everything makes them mad. You need an umbrage umbrella, because it is raining all the time. One of the latest is ...
vickijean 01/23/2014 30 21 - -
Where can we get help? Healthcare in a red state
On my Facebook page this morning. From a lovely, caring lady. A retired elementary school principal. Rabid conservative, Republican. How can a young woman get help for female problems? Especially ...
vickijean 01/07/2014 17 13 - -
the best of the worst
Please forgive me. This is not a diary in the best sense of the word. But I ran across this comment to a blog post about the debt ceiling and it was absolutely the best concise hateful statement ...
vickijean 09/23/2013 10 6 - -
Strange conservative reaction
I have this completely rabid conservative friend. You know the type: subscribes to every fire breathing website and newsletter, then fills everyone's mailboxes and Facebook pages with breathless, ...
vickijean 08/25/2013 12 5 - -
Sex, politics and acceptance
In our hyper-partisan world, each time a sex scandal occurs, the other side howls about hypocrisy. How can you excuse Clinton and accuse Sanford? How can you attack Spitzer and defend Vitter? The ...
vickijean 07/24/2013 8 1 - -
I just got called a "n"
It started with one of those ubiquitous cobbled together racist rants on Facebook. A friend reposted a picture from Mike Petit. Apparently Mike is a writer of self published crime novels. Here is ...
vickijean 07/23/2013 18 12 - -
Made You Look: Daily Caller Head Fake (and leads Vicki Jean into a major snark attack)
Made You Look: Daily Caller Head Fake (and leads Vicki Jean into a major snark attack) Those rapscallions at Daily Caller are waiting for your heads to explode. Increasingly frustrated that none ...
vickijean 06/30/2013 4 2 - -
Mississippi: Punishment, Not Prevention
I apologize for the extensive quoting here, but I want to be fair. Mississippi is not nearly as backwards as the rest of the country thinks it is. Nor is it as enlightened as it thinks it is. We ...
vickijean 06/16/2013 3 6 - -
GOP War on Women:Simple and Effective
As liberals, we have been alternately mystified, amused and outraged by the GOP's ongoing war against women. This is crazy talk. Transvaginal probes, forcible rape, closing abortion clinics, ...
vickijean 06/13/2013 10 16 - -
Updating Reagan
President Reagan famously said: 'The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' That overly cute quip became the entire gospel of the ...
vickijean 06/11/2013 12 2 - -
Things I Hide on Facebook #4: The Obama Payraise
I love Facebook. If your attitude is one of condescension toward Facebook in general, move on there is nothing to see here. I love seeing pictures, quotes, odd stories, it is like being at a state ...
vickijean 06/03/2013 14 15 - -
Authoritarian Nihilism
Note: Throughout the post I used the term anarchy. By this I mean disorder and lack of government. This is the traditional meaning of the word. But many Kossacks have objected to this use insisting ...
vickijean 06/02/2013 65 13 1 -
Stuff I Hide on Facebook: #3 Jesus was American
I love Facebook. If your attitude is one of condescension toward Facebook in general, move on there is nothing to see here. I love seeing pictures, quotes, odd stories, it is like being at a state ...
vickijean 05/01/2013 21 9 - -
Stuff I Hide on Facebook: #2 Football and Muslims
I love Facebook. If your attitude is one of condescension toward Facebook in general, move on there is nothing to see here. I love seeing pictures, quotes, odd stories, it is like being at a state ...
vickijean 04/30/2013 7 4 - -
Stuff I Hide on Facebook: #1 Desks and Freedom
I love Facebook. If your attitude is one of condescension toward Facebook in general, move on there is nothing to see here. I love seeing pictures, quotes, odd stories, it is like being at a state ...
vickijean 04/29/2013 21 1 - -
Life is cheap, guns make life cheaper
I had never given much thought to guns. I grew up on Army posts, and was around big guns: our house shook from the activity at the firing ranges. But if we had a gun in the house I never saw it. I ...
vickijean 04/21/2013 11 33 - -
Gun Control: Here's Your Sign
The comedian, Bill Engvall, has made a career talking about how hard it is to tell ahead of time who is stupid. Stupid people should have to wear signs that just say, "I'm Stupid" That way you ...
vickijean 04/21/2013 7 17 - -
My favorite socialist
One hundred and twenty-six years ago Anne Sullivan, forever to be remembered simply as Teacher, gave Helen Keller a voice. You remember the poignant scene immortalized in film with Patty Duke and ...
vickijean 04/05/2013 8 12 - -
Nothing is more important than life
Pro-lifers argue that nothing is more important than the life of the unborn child. The health of the mother is not more important. The life of the mother is not more important. The circumstances ...
vickijean 03/31/2013 3 4 - -
Dear MSNBC
This is a letter I am sending to MSNBC. I suggest you draft your own version. Dear MSNBC: I congratulate you on your new primetime line up. Chris Hayes brings a youthful energy and enthusiasm ...
vickijean 03/19/2013 59 9 - -
Adventures in the best healthcare system in the world
I have never been particularly graceful. Once or twice a year I have a spectacular fall. Not dizzy, not drop in blood pressure, just lose my balance and kerplop. Today I had the best worst fall ever.
vickijean 03/18/2013 6 9 - -
Our Thin-skinned President
Today Reason magazine ran a story called The Most Openly and Transparently Thin-Skinned Administration in History . Go ahead and read it. It is a whiny, pouty list of ways the Obama administration ...
vickijean 02/28/2013 33 14 - -
Tell the Story
Thank you rescuers, for two rescued diaries in a row. I am in a place where I see the value of stories. I watch Rachel clearly explain the facts about what is happening in our halls of power. I read ...
vickijean 02/27/2013 2 1 - -
The Measure of a Man
This is a personal narrative. I have a few points I want to make about what we, as a culture, as a country, as a people, have come to value. But mainly I want to tell you about a boy, a man, a life. ...
vickijean 02/26/2013 37 84 - -
IQ Too Low to Kill
Warren Hill didn’t get executed tonight . Maybe we shouldn’t, they thought, with him being intellectually disabled and all. Not that he doesn’t deserve it; he brutally murdered his girlfriend ...
vickijean 02/19/2013 128 51 - -
Robbed of Joy
I have a lifelong friend who is struggling with the middle aged blues. She was widowed at 49 after 20 years of marriage. She wants to be married. She just had a relationship implode. I wrote her, ...
vickijean 02/19/2013 20 11 - -
Praise Fox News
Republicans are house cats. They crouch behind the shower curtain all stealthy. But their tail is showing. We know they are up to something. Republican leaders are disoriented. Used to be they could ...
vickijean 01/30/2013 4 3 - -
Contempt and Disdain: Christian Values
I am unapologetically Christian. I am also unapologetically liberal. I see no contradiction here. And I am not a "Sunday Christian"- I have been in and have lead dozens of Bible studies in the last ...
vickijean 01/28/2013 35 6 - -
Democrats Need to Do Some Soul Searching Too
In the past few days it has become clear that Republicans are delusional, petty, mean spirited whiny butts. They are also poor losers. All over the place you see analysis of their heart wrenching ...
vickijean 11/10/2012 15 31 - -
Scorn religion at your peril
Liberal activists and pundits are making a big mistake. They are going after Christine O'Donnell and Sarah Palin about their religious beliefs especially in matters related to sexual behavior. They ...
vickijean 09/29/2010 155 4 - 34
Temporary fixes became standard practice
There is an old story about four generations of women preparing a holiday meal. The granddaughter asked her mom why she always cut the ends off the ham before baking it. The Mom asked the ...
vickijean 08/27/2010 1 1 - 22
The Bartleby Party
Since the election of President Obama, the Republican Party, fairly or not, has been labeled the Party of No. They have framed their opposition as standing up against the enemies of liberty: Obama,
vickijean 07/25/2010 11 3 - 25
Better than birther
Some in the I-Hate-Obama-But-I-Can't-Admit-It-Is-Because-He-Is-Black crowd have seen the light about birtherism. They realize that it makes them sound less than intelligent, stubborn and intractable.
vickijean 03/08/2010 11 2 - 10
2.5 Branches
I was looking at the White House web page and discovered an amazing thing. There is on that page a mini primer about the three branches of government. Interestingly enough, all power and activity is ...
vickijean 07/24/2007 8 2 - 6
Drinking the Kool-Aid
Could we agree to stop using the expression "Drinking the Kool-Aid?" 909 people died a gruesome death in Jonestown, Guyana from drinking the Kool-Aid, most of them children. Many were young enough ...
vickijean 05/08/2007 30 2 - -
media bias or just plain lazy
vickijean 11/01/2006 6 2 - -
Why I am a Democrat
vickijean 06/21/2005 7 - - -
Stray thoughts about the Owens hearing
vickijean 05/19/2005 1 1 - -
I am not sure if and/or how we can persuade America
vickijean 05/16/2005 30 - - -
Hagel proposes raising retirement age
vickijean 03/07/2005 21 3 - -
Georgia experiment harbringer of things to come
vickijean 03/02/2005 10 7 - -
Separation of powers and presidential activism
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Ten Commandments in the Public Square
vickijean 03/01/2005 4 3 - -
Trickle down economics
vickijean 02/28/2005 6 1 - -
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